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My yoga journey

I weigh the same as…

In a world of eating disorders and body dis-morphia, when converting pounds to kilos via google I found the Famous Fix list of celebrities over 120 pounds. 

Yep this appears on the top three links on Google when I typed in 128lb to kilos. Oh dear.

I now know that I weigh the same as Janet Jackson, also Naomi Campbell but she’s about 10 inches taller than me. I’m not sure I wanted to know that.

I sometimes wander if I have an unhealthy fixation with my weight, I weigh myself every week and feel positive or negative about myself based on the outcome. I know that my weight can easily vary by 5lb without me changing that much in my life. I know what I have to do to get down that extra 8lb that I loose and gain all the time. I just don’t always do it. If I wanted to be 120lb consistently then I could be but I’d ha

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

In March I travelled to Milton Keynes and to the beautiful White Space Yoga studio to do a restorative yoga teacher training course.

It was four days and fairly intensive but at the same time a lot of the course was about reducing stress and ensuring that you are in a place to be able to give your energy to others. I really enjoyed taking time to fully appreciate the poses.

I have started putting some of the poses into practice in my normal yin classes and the feedback has been good. It certainly helps people relax and I’m going to start doing one to one classes soon.

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2018 Aims Q1 Update

2018 seems to be flying past and I know I’ve not achieved as much as I would like to have.

My starting aims were

40 minutes of home practice per week. Either in one session or two 20 minutes videos.

I’m doing better as this after being at my restorative yoga training as part of the coursework was home practice for 6 week and I’m still doing this.

Monthly attendance at yoga class or workshop.

I managed this and think I’ll manage this for the next few months.

Monthly blog posts

I’ve managed just about weekly posts and although they’ve been short it still has been good to write again.

Complete restorative yoga teacher training

I’ve done the in person part of this and just have a little bit of course work to submit at the end of April then I’ll be finished.

Complete current stage of professional exams.

I’m behind on this one.

Run quarterly workshops.

I’ve not ran one yet but I’ve a days in the diary for May.

Yoga Studio to continue to break even.

Yep we’re doing good this quarter.

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Yogi tea wisdom

I love yogi tea and the little mantras added to the tea bag labels. Sometimes they are really random but other times they are spot on.

This was last weeks advice,

I like the idea of sharing happiness. I do notice that if I’m surrounded by happy people then it’s easier to be cheerful and to build myself up.

What do you do to help with your happiness?

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Mindfulness in Nature

One thing that I have worked on improving since I got my dog is mindfulness. It’s a lot easier to go for walks in nature and be mindful about it when I’m walking with her.

You can’t help but be in the moment when walking with a dog. Especially when it’s a dog that is nervous around other dogs. I have to be aware of other people and dogs and how she will react to them. I have to be aware of roads, bikes, runners and the surroundings. If I don’t notice something and she starts to bark at them then I’ve failed. It’s difficult to be present and mindful. There are times where I want to just sit on a bus and get to my destination and not have to walk in nature and be aware of others but that’s not what she needs.

I have to put her before me at times and it’s hard.

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Capsule Wardrobe

So I’m almost 4 weeks into my capsule wardrobe and wearing just 36 items of clothes. It’s mainly been not too bad.

I’m struggling a bit this week as I’ve not got a couple of ‘safe/easy’ outfits to wear. I’m also still working out what works together and different options. It’s kind of good in that I know I have outfits that I can wear but also I’m still having a few meh I don’t want to wear any of these outfits days.

I also have to get better at laundry, ironing and putting clothes away. Where as before if I didn’t do laundry or a wool wash for over a week it wasn’t too much of an issue. Now I start to run out of jumpers or cardigan options and often am picking combinations that aren’t too great towards after 5 or 6 days. I guess I just need to wash them more often or maybe accept that I can wear a sweater for multiple days without washing it. Humm.

In general it’s been good and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next two months go.

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This works: breathe in

In my giant clear out of everything currently underway I found my This Works: breathe in roller ball. I love the scent of this and it reminded me that I need to get back into aromatherapy again. I was using my oils regularly especially my pulse point ones but then life got busy, stressful and hectic. Exactly when I needed them I stopped using them. I’m now back to using them before going to sleep along with meditation. Good habits start small.

This particular rollerball is a mixture of lavender, vetivert and camomile so great for chilling out and gently heading to sleep.

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Minimalism

While on holiday I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. If you’ve not seen it then I’d recommend it. It’s not that long and really interesting.

It lead me to do some more reading about minimalism and made me think about how to bring parts of it into my life. I’m never going to be a person who’s entire belongings fit in two bags but I know that I don’t need more than 20 pairs of leggings and 3 weeks worth of office outfits.

I’m working towards trying the 333 project with January being spent organising my stuff. I have a lot to sort out from when I got my kitchen done, stuff that’s in the box room and that’s before I’ve got to clothes.

I know that I am guilty of buying things I don’t need, don’t use and then don’t get rid of them. I’m planning on doing it slowly a section at a time and then recycling, reusing and regifting things.

I also realised that I do wear a few clothes regularly. The swimming costume that I took on holiday with me is one I bought 7 years ago. I’ve got others but that’s the one that I feel good in. I’m going to replace it as it’s starting to wear out but I’m going to look carefully and buy one that I love and get rid of the others that I don’t wear.

I’ve quite a few clothes that don’t quite fit that I keep on meaning to get adjusted but haven’t done so. I have a dress that I’ve now moved house twice and I’ve been in my current house for over two years. I’m going to see what I’ve got at the end of my clear out and then either get them adjusted or sell them.

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Bad Yoga teacher for eating meat

I have recently started dating someone new, it’s still early but it’s lovely. He’s described me to his friends and go a lot of ‘oh is she really bendy’ comments. Sigh.

The other comment that he told me about is that people expect me to be vegetarian. I don’t eat much meat and try to only eat organic and free range meat but I still eat and enjoy it. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher? No I don’t think so. I know the principal of ahimsa, non-harm but to me animals raised for meat if they have a good life and are killed quickly and humanely then it’s ok.

I don’t agree with not eating the whole animal and using as much as possible. I don’t see why tongue and offal shouldn’t be consumed as well as the prime cuts. If they go to waste then it’s more harm.

Also humans are designed to eat meat. When I was a strict vegetarian then I regularly was anaemic and had to take iron supplements. Now I eat a little meat and feel much better. Surely harm to myself should be important and it’s always better to get nutrient via diet rather than supplements.

Still I enjoy not being what people expect.

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Meditation practice 

As I admitted in my Q3 update I’ve not been doing much asana practice over the past few months. What I have however been practicing is mindfulness and meditation. 

While on my last trip I found three new focuses for my mediatations. 

Jellyfish or fish in general. 

Fire or even a candle 

Water in its many forms

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